Posts Categorized: Shakespeare-in-the-world

Combating Shakespearean shrinkage

“The worst reaction to Shakespeare’s complicated language,” writes Austin Tichenor, “is thinking that it should be hard for an audience to understand.”


“I Want It That Way”: Rosaline & Juliet

“In both ‘Rosaline,’ a charming teen romcom streaming on Hulu, and ‘& Juliet,’ a splashy new musical making its Broadway debut this week, Shakespeare’s tragedy becomes a surprising springboard for music, comedy, and investigations into narrative ownership,” writes Austin Tichenor.





Sometimes the old tropes are the best tropes: Shakespeare and Our Flag Means Death

Melissa Rohrer explores how “Our Flag Means Death,” a show inspired by the true story of the early 18th-century “Gentleman Pirate” Stede Bonnet, draws on character types and narratives that Shakespeare used frequently across many of his plays, while breathing new life into Shakespeare’s favorite tropes.




John, Paul, Pyramus, and Thisbe: The Beatles performing Shakespeare

Did you know that the Beatles once performed the “Pyramus and Thisbe” scene from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”? Although they mainly stick to Shakespeare’s script, the moments when they play with the text stand out.


Nathan the Wise: An 18th-century German counterpoint to Shakespeare’s Shylock

“Nathan the Wise” and “The Merchant of Venice” are very different works, though religious tension is a subject in each, as is the potential for love and loss, wealth and poverty, bloodshed and peace. But it is the character of the Jew featured in each text that most causes scholars to focus on the plays’ differences.